Brazilian women: bronzed skin, beachy hair, and a countrywide gene pool that must be filled with unicorn tears. Truly, I've never once met or seen a woman from Brazil who didn't instantly strike me with her beauty. So what's the secret? Aside from amazing genetics, Brazilian women follow beauty practices that are inspired by their tropical surroundings—simple, rooted in nature, and highly effective. In an effort to get as close as we can to the otherworldliness of Brazilian women, we've rounded up some of their best beauty secrets.
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Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro tells PopSugarthat her favorite hometown buy is one that de-puffs and hides dark circles: "You know the mask that you put on when you go to bed or when you're sleeping? The cucumber mask? That's the one I use," she explains.
Another genius hack for nixing dark circles? Potato slices—really. Brazilian model Victoria Brito says, "To get rid of dark circles, take a potato, cut it into slices like a pepperoni, and put one slice over each eye for about 15 to 20 minutes once a week. I swear, after doing it about five times, you'll start to see a drastic reduction of dark circles. The potato literally starts to get dark and shrivel up while you use it—it's crazy!"
Blogger Victoria Ceridono of Dia de Beauté says massages are big in Brazil. But not just any massage—one that includes lymphatic drainage. Ceridono tells The Cut, "It's a way to avoid water retention. You can have the light version, which is a sculpting massage. Many Brazilians have this type of massage weekly as part of their beauty routine. Normally, masseuses go to their house or they go to a clinic, but it's not a relaxing spa thing; it's a beauty treatment. The sculpting massage hurts more.
It kind of makes your arms a bit thinner. Your thighs can get a bit thinner. It can make your waist more defined." A massage that also tones your body? Yes, please.
Everyone's nuts for coconut oil, but what about its liquid counterpart: coconut water? Adriana Lima swears by the sweet drink, but instead of ingesting it, she soaks cotton pads in ice-cold coconut water and presses it into her skin. She gets the good stuff back home in Brazil, but if she's a far cry from home, she'll venture over to the Chinatown markets.
Aside from her enviable gams and perfect complexion, Gisele Bündchen's expertly coiffed hair is easily one of her most notable features. Her trick for getting it to look so perfect every single time? Not brushing it. "After I apply conditioner, I pass my fingers through my hair and let it dry naturally," she says. "Every once in a while, I comb my hair in the shower, but I don't comb or brush after that," she explains.
Ilana Kugel, creative director at Koral Activewear, swears by this serum for a more youthful complexion. "I use CE Ferulic pure vitamin C serum on my face each day for healthy skin. I swear by it because it tightens my skin while keeping it bright."
Camila Pierotti from Sol de Janeiro says Brazilian women always prioritize their bodycare: "Caring for the body is as important as caring for the face. [Brazilian women] moisturize with only the best ingredients and show off their touch-me skin." She suggests Brazilian Bum Bum cream (pronounced "boom-boom"), a rich lotion fortified with guaraná, an Amazonian plant "whose fruit contains one of the most potent forms of caffeine on the planet." It smooths and tightens the skin to take care of problem areas, namely on and underneath the "bum bum."
"To be cheirosa [pleasant-smelling], take lots of showers and always wear a fragrance," says Pierotti.
Says Pierotti, "Brazilian women always keep feet soft and smooth by exfoliating and moisturizing, wearing cute shoes, and getting foot massages from someone special as often as possible."
One of the things we notice most about a Brazilian woman's aesthetic is her enviable flowing locks. Says Pierotti, "Keep hair long, silky, and shiny: Deep hair conditioning masks and getting a blow dry are part of a Brazilian woman's weekly regimen."
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